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From tears to cheers: Country Day OL gets 3 college offers just before National Signing Day

Triston Miller, is a junior at Charlotte Country Day
Triston Miller, is a junior at Charlotte Country Day jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Tuesday, in the space of about 12 hours, Charlotte Country Day all-conference offensive lineman Triston Miller picked up three major college scholarship offers.

National Signing Day for high school seniors is Wednesday. Miller, a 17-year-old junior, will have to wait at least until the early signing period in the fall before he can sign with a school, but he has many options now.

After Tuesday’s avalanche, Miller has 10 Division I scholarship offers.

That’s a long way from just five months ago when he was riding in the car with his father, overcome with emotion because he kept watching his friends get offers and he didn’t have one.

“He played with a couple kids on (a youth team) and they had gotten offers one day last fall,” said Miller’s father, Daryl. “One, in particular, got an offer from Miami, and Triston sat there and he was happy for him, but then he stopped talking. I’m like, ‘What’s wrong with Triston?’ He said he just wanted to be left alone.”

Daryl Miller looked over and saw his son, 6-foot-6 and 274 pounds, with a face full of tears. When they got home, Triston’s mother ran out and hugged him, telling him to be patient. Daryl Miller said he dropped his head.

“I felt bad,” Daryl Miller said. “It was like, ‘He’s losing faith in all this.’ I was very worried. You look at social media and you think, ‘What is my kid not doing?’ And you see him crying in the car and you can’t fix it. All you can do is keep telling him the same thing he gets tired of hearing, ‘Be patient.’ How many times can you tell your kid that until he doubts it? It’s like, ‘Is this really ever going to happen?’”

For Triston Miller, it happened in September, early in his junior season. He got his first offer from Duke. A few weeks later, Wake Forest offered. A few weeks after that, Miller committed to the Demon Deacons.

But since the season ended, Miller has turned into one of the area’s hottest recruits. He’s picked up offers from Charlotte, East Carolina, Liberty, Maryland and Tennessee. Then, on Tuesday, things really got crazy. Miller got offers from Georgia Tech, Purdue and West Virginia on the same day.

“It was surreal,” Daryl Miller said. “I would never have dreamed this would happen, you know? I’m at a loss for words, actually. I’m very proud of him.”

Now, Daryl Miller said North Carolina and Virginia have begun to recruit his son, and the college interest seems to grow by the day.

Triston Miller has come a long way from crying in the car after practice.

“I wasn’t expecting this,” Daryl Miller said Tuesday night. “I can’t say if it’ll stop. I hope not. God has a way of letting things come when they come. It’s just an amazing feeling.”

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